Tuesday, January 08, 2008

LSU...Book Biz Blues...And The Wire...


The Wire, Season 5, Episode 51 summary: "The Bigger the lie, the more they believe." -- Bunk Summary Directed by: Joe Chappelle Story by: David Simon & Ed BurnsTeleplay by: David Simon from HBO.com--
"As McNulty and the detail continue staking out Marlo's crew (without any support from the brass), recently promoted Sergeant Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime. Though he wants to keep his campaign promise to lower crime, Mayor Carcetti is strapped by his commitment to schools, and faces some tough choices. Col Cedric Daniels is forced to reallocate his resources, retaining Freamon and Sydnor for the Clay Davis probe. The Republican US Attorney refuses to help the city unless Clay Davis' case goes federal. Meanwhile, City Editor Haynes and the staff of a local newspaper are reeling from corporate cutbacks and emphasis on "tabloid fluff" and punditry, losing key personnel from both the metro and international divisions. Still, with the help of reporters Gutierrez, Price and Templeton, Haynes is able to break a front-page story that links a politician to a co-op drug dealer. Proposition Joe, Marlo, Fatface Rick others meet in a hotel conference room to discuss divvying up drug frontiers across East Baltimore's county line due to the march of gentrification."
That's pretty sterile but, hey, it'll catch you up. Fight the good fight. Yet despair, for tomorrow, I speak on the joke that is the so-called African American book "market." Take at look at the mega bestsellers, the critics' choices, the major literary awards (and I'll carve out nice niche for my thesis in the Hurston/Wright Awards, trust me) and you won't see "us." Not even Zane or Eric Jerome Dickey, nada. Why is that? Blame the publishing houses, the black folks (dwindling number that there is) therein? Blame the authors? Blame the black book reading audience? Blame the public's tastes in general? Hey, it's analogous to what's wrong with black folks in general, from the immersion in all things ghetto and bamma, in choosing sucking on the Clinton tit over the hard work of putting the Obama vision into practice, of choosing Michael Eric Dyson over Stanley Crouch. In the 21st Century, "selling out"'s meaning has morphed from Uncle Tomism to something utterly worse, utterly more insidious. Ask Jay-Z and Diddy...
Oh, and LSU--who the heck cares?!!! You had my opinion of the whole BCS orgy and you fanboys voted overwhelmingly that the present system sucks and serves only greed. We can have a playoff system that still puts money in TV network and big school pockets and allows theseschools to recruit illiterates and quasi convicts, okay?

5 comments:

lance williams, sr said...

Go 'head bruh!

The Ohio State game was way too damn long! No timeouts after first downs!

"Black" books not among the top sellers--even the nasty gangsta stuff and Dickey books my wife devours? No critical acclaim? Racism! Racism! Racism! hehehehe

That's all for me. It's 6:50am here in Oaktown and I'm going back to bed for another hour!

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

i aint never seen the wire, im a lame huh, 2 many books i got stackd up by the bed,but i do got a tv

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

PS: u need to roll me folk, and chk out some of my books one day, my phd is in counseling psy, was ass prof at emory univ for 12 yrs, behavioral epidemiology, infectious disease

Christopher Chambers said...

Will spotlight the Torrence Stephens lexicon ASAP!!!

Tchaka said...

No, a playoff system also stinks. It will not solve anything in D1. But in the absence of a solution, people are going to bitch and moan about what they think is the right answer. I can already shoot down the playoff idea with ease.